Childcare as a Business
Business information for existing childcare providers and those
thinking about starting a new childcare business.
Safer Recruitment Online Training is provided free by the
Department for Education for recruiters in all organisations that
work with children and young people. Their website also offers free
downloadable Safer Recruitment Guidance documents.
Disclosure and Barring Service
There are three ‘Umbrella Bodies' approved by the Department of
Education to offer subsidised Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
checks. The service is available to childcare providers registered
by Ofsted and on the Early Years register, or the compulsory part
of the General Childcare Register.
Withdrawal of the subsidy for enhanced criminal records
The Government subsidy for enhanced criminal records checks from
the Disclosure and Barring Service will cease from the 1st July
2013. From this time individuals and providers will be required to
pay the full cost of obtaining a DBS check in order to be
registered with Ofsted and to be employed in a registered childcare
DBS checks will still be required for people aged 16 or over living
in the same household as a childminder. Applications for DBS checks
will be honoured under the existing subsidy if received by 28
For further details please visit the
Free Nursery Milk:
Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml
serving of milk whilst in attendance at a registered daycare
provider for two or more hours a day The Government’s Nursery Milk
Reimbursement Unit (NMRU) manages the Nursery
Thinking of starting a new childcare business?
If you are thinking about opening your own Day Nursery, Pre
School, Out of School or Holiday Club please email the Cheshire
East Early years and Childcare Team and provide details of your
business proposal. Your enquiry will be passed to a Childcare
Development Officer who can offer pre Ofsted registration support
Ofsted has information
about becoming a registered childcare provider. They
have information about the requirements for registration on
the Early Years
Register and the
Ofsted have provided guidance to help those applying for
registration on the Early Years Register prepare for their
Researching childcare needs in your area
When you are thinking about starting up a new childcare business
it is always useful to ‘understand the market’.
Cheshire East Council’s ‘Starting a
Business’ webpage has a wide range of general support and
advice for starting a new business.
HM Revenue & Customs has developed a range of useful tools
to help new businesses understand tax and National insurance
responsibilities. They have also produced a free e-learning
course called ‘Starting in
Business’ which explains and guides you through everything you
need to know to get started in business.
Other Useful links: